25 January - 10 March 2018 @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Shannon Laing

Shannon Laing graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2014 and is now based on the Moray Coast where she is pursuing a career as a full-time artist and designer.  As well as drawn portraits, Shannon also enjoys exploring other materials and mediums, and runs her own business ‘Clorty Cat Crafts’ which she uses to merge her art with jewellery to create quirky wearable artworks featuring her own illustrations

The Young Ploughman Poet
Graphite on paper.
44.5 x 32cm (framed)

Much of my work centres around my keen interest in portraiture and realism, employing graphite as a medium to thoroughly investigation of faces, features, ‘imperfections’, and skin textures, I painstakingly strive to capture all the little details that make up each person, as well as getting across their spirit and personality.

Using other artists’ representations of what Burns may have looked like in addition to descriptions of his appearance, I took photographs of men with similar features to Burns in a photographic studio under continuous lighting conditions. I then used photo editing software to combine these particular features to create a single face, and used this amalgam as a reference for my final graphite portrait. Shannon Laing

Shannon Laing

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